Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6: 33 NLT 

Sometimes we worry too much about planning the ‘perfect” Christmas. We race to accomplish many things and struggle with expectations to get EVERYTHING done. 

Holiday preparations can nurture a Christmas spirit or lead us far away from finding calm. Traditions are important. They bless us in many ways. But we mustn’t lose sight of what matters the most; making time for Jesus and offering Him the fullness of our love.      

God wants us to examine our lives, remember where PEACE is found and experience the JOY of Christmas. We don’t have to worry about what’s already been done for us. Witnessing God’s greatness will prepare us for what happens next, as we welcome the Savior. The calendar says Christmas will last for a day. But the love of Christ will last FOREVER.  

Our celebrations will come and go quickly. We must take time to savor this season of love, even if it looks very different this year. If we let go of what can’t be controlled, surely reward will come.   

Let’s welcome the wholeness of Christmas and take time to reflect on Jesus’ birth. God IS with us. He is worthy of praise and deserves much more than mere morsels of love. No matter what Christmas brings, welcome it like the shepherds who shared the good news! Joy to the world the Lord has come! 

How will you welcome the Prince of Peace, God’s greatest gift to us? He doesn’t require a “perfect” celebration. What He desires is a humbled heart for Him. God delivered a present of PEACE. His will was fulfilled by our Savior. "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth PEACE to those on whom his favor rests." Luke 2: 14

Dear God, Thank you for the breath of Your holiness. Forgive us when we become frustrated by things that should bring us joy. Help us examine our hearts as we prepare for Christmas. Guide our thoughts and remind us to slow down and feel the HOPE of Your STRENGTH. Thank you for the glory of Christmas. It brings PEACE to our hearts and that is exactly what we need. Thank you, Lord. Thank you, so very much for precious Jesus! Amen


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